Powell, Sir Philip. (1 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Powell, Sir Philip, 1921-2003 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

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    Part 1. Born 15-3-21 in Bedford. Father was headmaster in various schools, last at Epsom College. Family connections to Yorkshire. Parents met in Cambridge. He has 1 brother and 1 older sister. Describes qualities of father who became clergyman when he retired. Philip Powel [PP] talks about Epsom College and its medical influence. Mother was very affectionate, made good headmaster's wife. PP got on well with his siblings when he got older, talks about their occupations. He was very influenced by older brother. Sister a stromg character - a pacifist. PP's mother was orphened when 5 years old - brought up by aunt - more about aunt and mother's brothers. Paternal grandfather died when PP was 10, had 8 children. More about PP's father - as clergyman - with 3 atheist children. During the war father was appointed Canon of Chichester Cathedral and PP's first job was to build 2 modern houses in Chichester. PP has hardly any early memories - something about his early prep school and then day boy in father's school at Epsom - some mention of homosexual scandals in school -his peculiar status as day boy in Epsom school. He did not like sport except cross-country running.

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